Stationed to the Lansing appointment in the spring
of 1927, we arrived here Apr. 17. We found three
struggling churches. They were known as the
Thompsons Corner, Mays Prairie, and Lansing
The only solution for the situation was a merger and
centralizing the work at Lansing. On April 27th the
Thompsons Corner Church was merged with the
Lansing Church, and steps taken towards planning for
the erection of a new Church Building. The digging of
the new basement was well underway the last day of
In September the Mays Prairie Church was merged
with the work at Lansing.
The three churches were dismantled as the material
was used in the erection of the new edifice.
On Jan. 22, 1928 the New Church was dedicated.
Services in charge of Bishop Spreng.
During my stay here there has been a reorganization
of the entire work. The congrgation has increased
from 65 to 101 members. A YPMC. has been organized.
The cost of the New Church was about $9000.00 in
cash, besides the old material and Donated Labor. The
??debtness has been reduced to $2100.00.
L. T. Olson
|Ministers to the Lansing Mission
1860 - 1923
1860..... Primary Evangelists,
Hammeter and Seder
1862..... Mission organized and served by Rev. C.
1864..... Columbus Ridge is taken from the Decorah
Mission and given to Lansing making 36 members
[individuals] served by Rev. Luter
1865..... Rev. A. Strojmeier
1866 - 1867..... Rev. C. Escher
1868..... Rev. Herman Bunse. The Locust Lane
appointment in Winneshiek County was added to the
1869 - 1871..... Rev. C. C. Pfund
1871..... Rev. J. J. Pippert
1872 - 1874..... Rev. L. Scheurer. The Zion Church is
built at Columbus Ridge during his term.
1875 - 1877..... Rev. C. Escher
1878..... Rev. E. O. Beck
1879..... Rev. Robert Schmitz
1880 - 1883..... Rev. Emil Müller
1884 - 1885...... [Unknown]
1885 - 1888..... Rev. J. Knoche
1889 - 1892..... Rev. L. F. Smith
1893 - 1895..... Rev. August Goetze
1895..... Rev. J. Abrams
1896 - 1898..... Rev A. H. Buente
1899 - 1902.... Rev. P. Schott
1902 - ???..... Rev. J. M. Krafft
It is known that Rev August Raecker served the
mission for some years that included 1912 and Rev.
Weiland served some period that included 1914. Rev.
August Beckman also served the churches in that era,
|Sunday School Committee Assignments
English translation follows the original German entry
[first part cut off....]
für Clasz führer wurde gewählt auf 2 Jahre F.
Sundermann. Vermahner W. Worm
for Class leader elected for 2 years, F. Sundermann.
Exhorter, W. Worm
Mays Prarie Jan 7, 1900 wurden die Sontag Schul
Beamten gewählt. Karl Feuerhelm, Suptr; Wm Göttel,
Gehilfes; u[nd] Gusta Göttel, Schatzm:
Mays Prairie [Church] [On] January 7, 1900 the Sunday
School Officers were elected. Karl Feuerhelm,
Superintendent; William Goettel [Jr.], Assistant; and
Gusta Goettel, Treasurer
[note: Augusta Goettel (nee Dee) is William
Columbus Ridge Jan 14, 1900 S. S. Beamten
gewählt: Wm. Gaunitz-- Suptr.; u[nd] J. Gruber
Gehilfes Suptr.; H. Frölig den Seckr. u[nd] Dan
Columbus Ridge [Zion Church] [On] January 14, 1900,
elected Sunday School Officers: William Gaunitz,
Superintendent and J[ulius] Gruber, Assistant
Superintendent; H[enry] Froehlich the Secretary, and
Dan Goettel, Treasurer.
Am 5th May 1900 wurde Gemeinde werf[?] = gehalten
in Col Ridge Kirche, Bruder C. Schulz wurde wieder
als Trustee auf 3 Jahre gewählt. Seiner wurde
vorgeschlagen u[nd] unterstützt die
Kirche aus wendig anzustreichen und inwendig zu
Tabezieren und also den Trustees den austrag gegeben,
dazu zu sehen;
On 5 May, 1900 a Congregational election was held in
Columbus Ridge Church. Brother C[arl] Schulz was
again elected as Trustee for 3 years. (He was ahead
of defeat and supported the Church from maneuver on
to level and inside to ___ and so the Trustees the
deliver appropriate, with them to be seen.)
[note: Very difficult to determine exactly what is
intended with options to the literal translation of
discoverable words. I presume it is saying that Carl
and the other trustees had guided the Church to a
financial balance so it is proper that he continue.]
Am 30th Dec 1900 wurden die S. Schul Beamten
gewählt Wm Gaunitz Suptr. J. Gruber Gehilfes; H.
Frölig Seikr. D. Göttel Schatzm:
On 30 December 1900, the Sunday School Officers were
elected. William Gaunitz, Superintendent; Julius
Gruber, Assistant; Henry Froelich, Secretery; Dan
Jugendbund Wahl am 3rd Jan 1901 Col Ridge. C.
Hagemeier, Präsz; Amanda Göttel, Vitzu Präsz; Anna
Göttel, Schrist Führer; Salma Dee, Schatzm;
Correspondieren Seckr. H. Frölig Sen.
Young Peoples Association Election on January
3, 1901, Columbus Ridge. Carl Hagameier, President;
Amanda Goettel, Vice President; Anna Goettel,
Secretery; Selma Dee, Treasurer; Henry Froelich,
Am 4th Jan 1901 wurde S. S. Wahl gehalten in
Ebenezer Classe. Alb. Hagemeier, Suptr; C. Kühn
gehilfes Suptr; Classführer Alb. Hagemeier u[nd]
Vermahner Gottl Schellschmidt auf 2 Jahre.
On January 4, 1901, Sunday School Elections were held
in [the] Ebenezer Class [Waukon?]. Albert Hagemeier,
Superintendent; Carl Kuhn Asst. Superintendent; Class
Leader, Albert Hagemeier, and Exhorter, Gottlieb
Schellschmidt for 2 years.